The nation’s central bank will issue 400 million commemorative banknotes with a denomination of NT$100 to celebrate the centennial of the Republic of China (ROC), a bank official said yesterday.
Tsai Yan-shu (蔡炎樹), -director-general of the central bank’s -issuance department, said that the size, design, color and -forgery-proof identification of the new banknotes will be the same as those of the NT$100 bills currently in circulation.
However, Chinese characters reading “celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ROC” will be added to the left half of the reverse side of the bill, while the obverse will bear a portrait of the ROC’s founding father, Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙).
The ROC will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.
Tsai said the central bank will decide whether to increase the number of new bills issued depending on how they are accepted by the public.
Taiwan’s central bank will -commission the Bank of Taiwan to sell the banknotes from Jan. 6 next year.
In addition, 300,000 sets of uncut commemorative sheets, each comprising three NT$100 bills bearing consecutive serial numbers, will also be sold by the Bank of Taiwan at NT$500 per set.
Notes with serial numbers considered auspicious, such as 111111, 222222, 888888, 999999, 100000, 123456 and 168168, will be auctioned off, it said.